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Some Bee Facts for Getting Started with Beekeeping
What honey bee supplies do you need for raising bees? Bees are important for pollination: what are the bee facts about bee behavior? What are some of the risks to bees: bee mites, fungus, environmental hazards and more.
Bees are necessary to our food supply as pollinators. Honey bees are not only pollinators, they are also efficient producers of honey. Honey not only tastes good it also contains enzymes, vitamins, minerals, water and antioxidants (pinocembrin).
Beekeeping is becoming a hobby for many avid gardeners; they know that keeping bees can help their gardens grow to be more plentiful and more beautiful.
What Honey Bee Supplies Do You Need?
Well, it sounds obvious but you do need bees (workers, drones and the Queen bee). You also need a bee hive or a smaller version of the hive called the nuc box.
Due to problems with unhealthy and disappearing bees (believed to be a result of a number of issues such as diseases transmission, chemical use, cell phone transmissions and more), many beekeeping suppliers are very careful with their equipment and supplies and will no longer transfer colonies; you will need to buy the colony and the hive together.
The hives need to be treated for bee mites and fungus. Your hive will also need a frame and a foundation.
When you first start out beekeeping, keep it simple. Find the right location, use minimal equipment, make sure that you have a good, organic, flowering garden to support your bees and make sure you have protective equipment. Read up as much as possible about beekeeping before you start. Find out if you have a local beekeeping association and talk to the expert beekeepers there.
As you grow more experienced and learn more about bee behavior and bee facts, you can start adding equipment to gather and store honey; to treat your hives; and to grow your hive from one to two, and so on.
Honey Bee Supplies and Beekeeping
The average worker bee produces only a small amount of honey in its life (about 1/10th of a teaspoon). Honey bees often visit about 60 to 80 flowers in one trip (so keep lots of flowers in your garden). A small colony may consist of 10,000 bees and the one queen; however the average size colony can range from 20,000 to 60,000.
Honey bees have short life spans: only about six weeks. However the Queen bee can live up to five years. The Queen lays all the eggs and sometimes that can amount to 2500 eggs a day during the summer months when the colony needs lots of worker bees. The worker bees do all the collection; the drone bees are male and do all the mating!
You do need to invest your time, some equipment and materials to get into beekeeping. But the value in helping the environment, raising bees organically, and producing organic honey is significant.
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